Anti-Fracking March on Kent City Hall

Feb 11, 2012 – 11:00 am
The Kent Stage
175 E. Main St.
Kent    (Directions)

Anti-Fracking March on Kent City Hall

When: Feb 11 – 11 a.m.

Where: Beginning at the Kent Stage

CALL TO ACTION: ALL WHEELING WATER WARRIORS

We need you to send a letter BY MAIL to the US Army Corps of Engineers. This is a draft you may use. Please also share widely with like minded friends.

Comment period closes on Monday, July 28th.

To: Teresa Spagna, teresa.d.spagna@usace.army.mil.
United States Army Corps of Engineers

ATTN: CELRH-RD-N

Public Notice No. LRH-2013-848-OHR

502 Eighth Street
Huntington, West Virginia 25701-2070.

RE: LRH 2013-848-OHR

I am writing to share my comments and concerns about the application from GreenHunter, # LRH2013-848-OHR, to construct a barging platform in Meigs County, OH for the purposes of barging fracking wasteon the Ohio River.

First, I again respectfully request that the comment period be extended for another 90 days. The publicshould have time to examine this issue more thoroughly. The requirement to submit comments by mail only is not only outmoded, but restrictive to the democratic process which the public notice is intended to assure.

We also respectfully request public hearings in all communities that would be impacted by this plan. The affected public within the Ohio River Valley should be allowed to personally deliver facts and analysis to the Corps. The Ohio River Basin contains fully 10% of the population of the entire country, and these citizens have a right to advocate for clean water. This plan would also impact the residents along the Mississippi River, as GreenHunter intends to barge frack fluid from Texas and Louisiana to injection wells in Ohio and the Ohio Valley. If approved, this plan would add significant infrastructure in the form of a massive river barge fracking waste shipping plan. The people have a right to know that the safety of their drinking water is being compromised for the sake of a business.

Secondly, an Environmental Impact Statement is required, since this project is a ‘major Federal action’ and the Corps permit turns the private action into a Federal action. Greenhouse Gas (GHG) implications are significant but undetermined and should be addressed under NEPA. As the State of Ohio has statutorily abdicated regulation of air and water pollution emitted from drilling waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities, residents of other states who are impacted by their decision look to the federal government to monitor and protect our water.

Further, we note that GreenHunter has made mention of bats and mollusks, what about the human beings whose lives are impacted? We request a public health assessment as we think human lives are as important as bats and mollusks. We also want an independent and objective body to conduct these studies, not someone hired by the party requesting the permit.

Thirdly, this permit application does not mention or consider the nature of the cargo which is to be loaded and offloaded at this site. Given that GreenHunter is in the business of frack waste disposal, we think that is an extremely relevant point which should be mentioned in their application, particularly given the potential for negative environmental and public health impacts. Specifically, the Public Notice does not characterize in even the simplest of terms what materials GreenHunter proposes to deliver, other than referring to them as “bulk liquids.” Anyone unfamiliar with GreenHunter would have no idea what this actually means to them, their River, and their drinking water.

Further, there is no mention in the Public Notice of any compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Finally, we would like to point out, it is not presently lawful to ship oil and gas drilling wastes by barge on inland waterways such as the Ohio River. This permit application effectively puts the cart before the horse so to speak, since the Coast Guard has yet to issue the decision on permitting the barging of fracking waste.

Is GreenHunter privy to information that the public is not? We question why GreenHunter would go to the trouble and expense of planning this docking construction prior to receiving Coast Guard approval. We also believe an untimely approval of a barging platform would put undue pressure on the Coast Guard in making their decision.

We continue to be vehemently opposed to the transport of any fracking material on the rivers which supply the drinking water to millions of American citizens, and will network extensively with our allies to stop this.

Sincerely,

Robin Mahonen,

Wheeling Water Warriors

PLEASE NOTE, MUST SUBMIT WRITTEN HARD-COPY COMMENTS TO THE CORPS ADDRESS LISTED.

Snail Mail Address:

Teresa Spagna
United States Army Corps of Engineers

ATTN: CELRH-RD-N

Public Notice No. LRH-2013-848-OHR

502 Eighth Street
Huntington, West Virginia 25701-2070.

Email address: Teresa Spagna at teresa.d.spagna@usace.army.mil.

We understand that Teresa Spagna, Corps employee overseeing this file, has agreed to accept comments at the email address listed in the Public Notice. Be advised, however, that the Corps has not formally stated that comments sent to Spagna’s email address will be accepted into the record of the permit application.

The Corps could, legally, reject any emailed comments as directed to the wrong location. Just to be on the safe side, we strongly recommend that you dually-submit, via paper and email.

THANK YOU WARRIORS!

May you never thirst.

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